On this gloomy (literally and figuratively) inauguration day, let’s talk about something other than politics, shall we? Let’s talk about… meatballs. And how I’m using said meatballs to make a change in our household.
Not to the surprise of many people around me in real life, a lot of my sentences start with “I saw this on a blog.” And a lot of these times, its something silly or expensive or really just unrelated to anyone’s interests but mine. Two years ago, I found this post about Friday night meatballs, and how this simple, intentional act of gathering friends & family around for dinner made for such a positive environment, not to mention a hell of a way to end a long week. Fast forward to this past summer when Michael and I were settling into our new place, FINALLY having a dining room again, and I decided that one of these days, we’d start our very own Friday night meatballs tradition. It has obviously taken some time for us to get this started, and while we live in a fairly small apartment and probably won’t have an open invite to EVERYONE for Friday night meatballs, we’re so excited to finally make it happen. Whether its dinner with just the two of us, or inviting another couple, or other random friends over, we hope that Friday nights will be something that we know we’ll always have to look forward to, no matter what Monday – Thursday throws our way.
While we typically try to stick to making our own dinners at home, I hope that this will give us the excuse to invite more people over to visit, stop celebrating the end of the week by spending $100 on food, and maybe, for once in my life, have a circle of friends that actually are friends with each other too.
In a world where the things we find online often just annoy us, I’ve decided to use this idea I found online as a positive influence and I can’t wait to incorporate it into my own life and maybe it can even influence others in a positive way too.
While I can’t promise all of you reading this that I’ll be able to have you over for dinner with us, I strongly urge you to start making, or maybe even hosting dinner of your own with intent. Meatballs or not! There’s something valuable to be learned by taking a break from social media or nonsense on the news, and just sitting around the table having a conversation with people you enjoy being around. And yes, this is not the time to invite people over out of guilt – invite people you want to be around! Also, the turkey & ricotta meatballs from my new favorite cookbook are RIDICULOUS, so I recommend only sharing with the ones you love.